By: Tillmann (IP: 146.140.7.*)
Written on: 21-09-2005 14:41
this is a standard 60x15mm fan; there's no need to replace it with the exact same model. You can chose any 12V 60x15mm fan that can provide similar airflow (the amount of airflow is specified in your PDF link in cubic meters/minute - in the case of many other fans, it is specified in CFM - refer to the "Unit conversions" page on this site for conversion info).
If there is enough space above the CPU heatsink, you can also replace the fan with a 60x25mm fan. They are even more widely available, and often provide a better ratio between noise and air flow. You might need longer screws for fixing it on the heatsink, though.
Good quality fans should last for many years, even when they are permanently in operation. When a fan fails, this means that its quality wasn't good enough - that's why replacing it with a better quality unit, instead of the exact same model, is probably the best bet.